Spectrobes review

First you gotta catch 'em all, then yell at 'em all

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Innovative monster hunting

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    Excellent use of touchpad and mic

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    Spectrobes look pretty cool


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    Clunky fighting

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    Lack of charm

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    Shouting at your DS in public

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Spectrobe /spek tr%26otilde;b/ n. 1 fossilized creature awakened by the power of yelling, featuring three evolutionary stages and ready for a lifetime of battling servitude. 2 a bit like Pok%26eacute;mon. 3 but it%26rsquo;s not. 4 honest.

It%26rsquo;s impossible to describe monster-collecting titles without Pikachu and chums appearing and dancing a jig on your mental cogs - and it%26rsquo;s a smug jig at that, the jig of a self-satisfied franchise that knows it rules the gaming roost and refuses to evolve as a result of it. Well, along comes Spectrobes - ready to smack the jigging fool in the face with its own rhythm stick.

More info

GenreRole Playing
DescriptionThe spectrobes are seriously lacking in that patented Poke charm. Spectrobes improves on plenty of Pokemon features, but not 'em all.
Franchise nameSpectrobes
UK franchise nameSpectrobes
US censor rating"Everyone"
UK censor rating"7+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)